Turkey Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Turkey is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe.
  • The official holidays in Turkey are established by the Act 2429 of 19 March 1981 that replaced the Act 2739 of 27 May 1935
  • Islam is the dominant religion of Turkey with over 96.4% of the population being registered as Muslim
  • Ramadan Feast and Sacrifice Feast are the biggest Muslim celebration in Turkey.
  • Employee usually enter into a legal employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement with trade union.
  • Most employment contract or union agreement clearly stated entitlement to paid holidays, annual leave, overtime compensation and benefits.

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DayDateHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Yılbaşı) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
23 AprSunNational Sovereignty and Children's Day (Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı) - Celebrates the creation of the Turkish Parliament and highlights the importance of children in the country's development
1 MayMonLabour Day (Emek ve Dayanışma Günü) - May Day. Is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
19 MayFriCommemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day (Atatürk'ü Anma Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı) - Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.
26 JunMonRamazan Feast (Ramazan Bayramı or Şeker Bayramı) - Religious holiday for 3 days. Also the half-day in the afternoon of previous day. Date varies on Lunar cycle. End of Ramadan. The ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
27 JunTueRamazan Feast Holiday(Ramazan Bayramı or Şeker Bayramı)
28 JunWedRamazan Feast Holiday (Ramazan Bayramı or Şeker Bayramı)
15 JulSatDemocracy and National Unity Day (Demokrasi ve Millî Birlik Günü) - Commemoration of the national unity against the coup d'état attempt for democracy in 2016
30 AugWedVictory Day (Zafer Bayramı) - Commemoration of the victory at the final battle in Dumlupınar ending the Turkish Independence War in 1922, dedicated to the armed forces
1 SeptFriKurban Bayrami (Sacrifice Feast) - Religious holiday for 4 days in hajj period. Also the half-day in the afternoon of previous day. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
2 SeptSatKurban Bayrami Holiday - Feast of the Sacrifice
3 SeptSunKurban Bayrami Holiday - Feast of the Sacrifice
4 SeptMonKurban Bayrami Holiday - Feast of the Sacrifice.
29 OctSunRepublic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı) - Commemoration of the proclamation of the republic in 1923. Also the half-day in the afternoon of previous day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day
23 AprWedNational Sovereignty and Children's Day
1 MayThursLabour Day
19 MayMonCommemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day
28 JulMonRamazan Feast
29 JulTueRamazan Feast
30 JulWedRamazan Feast
30 AugSatVictory Day
4 OctSatKurban Bayrami
5 OctSunKurban Bayrami
6 OctMonKurban Bayrami
7 OctTueKurban Bayrami
29 OctWedRepublic Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
23 AprThursNational Sovereignty and Children's Day
1 MayFriLabour Day
19 MayTueCommemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day
17 JulFriRamazan Feast
18 JulSatRamazan Feast
19 JulSunRamazan Feast
30 AugSunVictory Day
23 SeptWedKurban Bayrami
24 SeptThursKurban Bayrami
25 SeptFriKurban Bayrami
26 SeptSatKurban Bayrami
29 OctThursRepublic Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
23 AprSatNational Sovereignty and Children's Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
19 MayThursCommemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day
7 JulThursRamazan Feast
8 JulFriRamazan Feast
9 JulSatRamazan Feast
30 AugTueVictory Day
11 SeptSunKurban Bayrami
12 SeptMonKurban Bayrami
13 SeptTueKurban Bayrami
14 SeptWedKurban Bayrami
29 OctSatRepublic Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
23 AprMonNational Sovereignty and Children's Day (Celebrates the creation of the Turkish Parliament and highlights the importance of children in the country's development)
1 MayTueLabour Day
19 MaySatCommemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day (Marks the start of the war of independence in 1919)
15 JunFriRamazan Feast (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
16 JunSatRamazan Feast (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
17 JunSunRamazan Feast (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
18 JunMonRamazan Feast (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
22 AugWedKurban Bayrami (Sacrifice Feast)
23 AugThursKurban Bayrami (Sacrifice Feast)
24 AugFriKurban Bayrami (Sacrifice Feast)
27 AugMonKurban Bayrami (Sacrifice Feast)
30 AugThursVictory Day (Commemorates a key victory in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922)
29 OctMonRepublic Day

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